Scholarship established in memory of Pete Ladygo, Sr.

The Pete Ladygo, Sr. Memorial Scholarship was recently established at Potomac State College per the request of his daughter, Jackie DeLawder and son-in-law, Ken, and will be awarded to students demonstrating financial need.

Pete Ladygo with SteelersThough Pete was born in Washington County, Pa., he spent many years teaching and coaching in the Keyser, W.Va. area. Earlier in his professional football career, Pete became an all-star player with the Pittsburgh Steelers (bottom right in picture) and the Ottawa (Canada) Rough Riders.

While a student at Potomac State (1948-1950), Pete earned Athletic Award Honors for his accomplishments in both football and baseball. He was also active in several fraternities, including, Phi Kappa Omega and the Pan-Hellenic Council as well as serving as the Freshman Class President and the representative for Davis Hall with the PSC Student Council.

After transferring to Maryland, Pete became a vital part of the Terrapins team which eventually won the 1952 Sugar Bowl game and was drafted by the Steelers that same year.

Pete also served as a shop teacher at Bruce High School in Westernport, Md., taking the reins as head football coach in 1962. He later worked as an assistant coach at Potomac State.

“Because of his desire to teach, coach and help others, it seemed only fitting to have a scholarship in his memory that will enable students the opportunity to gain an education that they may not have otherwise received,” said Lucas Taylor, Director of Development at the College.

“The goal is to increase the fund to the endowment level of $25,000. Once the scholarship reaches that level it goes into perpetuity and scholarship money will be awarded each year to a student or students. People who knew Pete have really been forth-coming, with one anonymous donor committing to matching the first $12,500,” added Lucas.

Individuals interested in supporting the Pete Ladygo, Sr. Memorial Scholarship can contact Lucas at 304-788-6995 or 800-262-7332, ext. 6995 or at LSTaylor@mail.wvu.edu .